Friday, August 14, 2009

Show and Tell: Blossom


Every summer, I look forward to this beautiful flower taking over my back patio.

When the first cold snap sets in, the plant dies back to brown twigs and there is nothing left but empty seed pods by the time Christmas comes.

And every spring, I find myself doubting that this magnificent plant will come back to life. But every year, it does...and it's bigger and better than the year before.

Some people know it as a "Moon Flower" because it only blooms at night, and others call it an "Angel Trumpet" because of its shape. I relate to both meanings--I'm a night owl, so I love that its shining moment is after the sun goes down. I love thinking of them as Angel Trumpets because of the abundance of blossoms that were on the plant last summer when I was on bed rest. I'd go out every night before going to bed, and I'd always feel a renewal of faith--that I had made it through one more day.

I will be sad when the blossoms start to whither in a few weeks...but maybe I've learned my lesson, and I'll have faith that they will be back next year. Bigger and better.







See what the rest of the class is showing this week!

19 comments:

  1. How beautiful--thanks for sharing!

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  2. They are beautiful. I Love the story you told with it.

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  3. I'd heard of moonflowers but I don't think I've seen them.

    Thanks, JJ! And I love the redesign, too.

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  4. Wow those are so cool! Beautiful flower. I've never heard of them before.

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  5. Well then it makes sense that one of my favorite flowers that I grew up with closes at night and opens during the day. That way when we hang out, there will always be a beautiful flower in bloom. :)

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  6. Beautiful flower. I love the renewal of faith it brings for you.

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  7. They are beautiful and I can't wait until I have some of those in my yard (thank you!). Well, that is if I planted them right...

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  8. We call them Moonflowers here and they are beautiful. My mother has them and I wish we did.

    Great pics!

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  9. That's a beautiful flower and a really beautiful post. How romantic that it blooms at night :)

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  10. Wow gorgeous, love teh shining white flower. We have something here in Cairo called ' Musk al Lil" meaning Night musk and its flowers bloom and release fragrance at night.

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  11. what a beautiful post, I need to hear that...

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  12. Love it - the flower and the post.

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  13. I can't wait to plant mine!

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  14. that's gorgeous!!! thanks for sharing. :)

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  15. Pretty! I'll have to add some of those to my garden next spring (or next time I actually feel like getting out there and doing some work! The poor garden is so neglected right now.).

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  16. Neat! I've never seen or heard of these flowers.

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  17. Gorgeous pictures! Love the flowers and the new design of your site. You've really worked hard on it!

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